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Episode 41a - Darkwing Duck

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Duration: 32:06
You’re probably wondering why there is a new episode 41 up. I’m not a perfectionist but I just wasn’t happy with what I had up before and it didn’t do the show justice. I looked over what I had put together, reworked it, and added some new content. Enjoy.
Darkwing Duck
Release: 1991-1992
Director: T
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You’re probably wondering why there is a new episode 41 up. I’m not a perfectionist but I just wasn’t happy with what I had up before and it didn’t do the show justice. I looked over what I had put together, reworked it, and added some new content. Enjoy.
Darkwing Duck
Release: 1991-1992
Director: Tad Stones, Alan Zaslove
Stars: Jim Cummings, Terence McGovern, Christine Cavanaugh
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Hello my name is Tracey James and Welcome to off my shelf, a podcast about movies that are well off my shelf. Where we go through my DVDs and talk about the movies in my collection. In this episode Erika was supposed to return to talk about Darkwing Duck but I have yet to figure out how to remotely record an episode in a way that actually sounds good. If you have any notes or ideas let me know.
Anyways, like I said I am talking about Darkwing Duck this week, a Disney cartoon about a daring detective duck that adores articulating in alliteration. That took a lot of effort to say. I didn’t realize how much alliteration there was in this show until I had to watch the episodes back to back. I found it very interesting.
I personally enjoy when people play with language. For example puns. A pun is a play on words that produces a humorous effect by using a word that suggests two or more meanings, or by exploiting similar sounding words that have different meanings. People who know me know that I love a good pun. Actually that’s not true, I love a bad pun too. Friends know they can get me laughing with bad puns especially the daddiest of dad jokes. Like why did the pony not sing at her recital? Because she was a little horse.
But I also thoroughly enjoy some good alliteration; the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words. Every once in a while I articulate alliteratively amongst acquaintances. You would have noticed this if you listened to the christmas episodes or the halloween episode I give the group an alliterative…lets call it title. The thing is that you have to have a vast vocabulary and your brain has to work like a thesaurus to do it right. Because you don’t want to lose meaning but you also want to be understood. It seems simple but can take effort and that is what I enjoy most about it.
Darkwing also spouts dialogue like a 1950s gumshoe, right out detective novels, pulp magazines, and film noir. That is how you get him saying lines like
“A desperate criminal is at large, and terror runs through the streets like a pair of cheap stockings!”
Its thoroughly enjoyable.
But the dialogue isn’t the only way the show plays with language. There are the names of characters, organizations, as well as locations that are punny, witty, and entertaining.
We can start with Darkwing Duck himself. His alter ego is Drake Mallard. It literally means “Male Duck”. Then there is Gosalyn Mallard. Her first name is a play on gosling which is what you call a young goose. So she is young goose duck. They live in a city called St Canard. Canard is French for Duck. There are also the names of other characters Like Dr. Reginald Bushroot and Dr. Rhoda Dendron who are botanists. Taurus Bulba who is a bull. Vladimir Grizzlikof who is a grizzly bear secret agent. Then there is the super-secret intelligence organization SHUSH and their nemesis FOWL, the Fiendish Organization for World Larceny.
Then you have the names of the actual episodes like Apes of Wrath, Paraducks, Trading Faces, and Days of blunder just to name a few. All references that most kids would never get.
The show was released in 1991, right when how cartoons were being made was changing. A lot of the mid and late 80s cartoons were about pushing toys. As in there was a toy and a show was built around it and used to sell to kids. This was done with many shows including Care Bears, He-Man/She-ra, Glow Worms, Transformers, GI Joe, excetera. Because it wasn’t focused on just the kids wanting toys, it had a bit of room to play with.
This show was an original property created by Tad Stones for disney that emphasized action instead of adventure and was their first show that was a genre parody, taking notes from classic superheros. You can see this in his costume, weaponry, and general schick. He is dressed like the Shadow, Uses a gas gun like the SandMan, and practices his vigilante justice at night like the Batman.
We all know Batman, with his dark brooding behaviour as he puts fear into criminals in the depth of the night, but The Shadow and the Sandman have both fallen into relative obscurity. . The Sandman, not to be confused with Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, was a DC Golden Age superhero in the 1930s. He wore a fedora and a gas mask and used a gas gun to sedate criminals. The Shadow is also from the 1930s but he was published in a series of pulp novels and had a popular radio drama. He wore a large brimmed hat a
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